(Le Mars) — The Iowa Legislature returns to work on Monday, and according to Dr. Tom Jeneary, the state representative for District 5 which includes most of Plymouth County and the northern tier of Woodbury County, state lawmakers will pick up where they left off last March when the state lawmakers adjourn due to the COVID-19 virus. Jeneary says the state’s budget will be a priority of focus.
Jeneary says the state legislature may act on incorporating the 2nd Amendment from the U-S Constitution into the Iowa Constitution.
Jeneary says lawmakers may also try to introduce an amendment that would dictate how abortions are funded.
The state legislature will also be dealing with the never-ending issue of adequately funding mental health.
Jeneary says a portion of the proposed one-cent sales tax increase would also go to help fund the state’s water quality initiative projects. Jeneary has again been appointed to serve as the vice-chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. Jeneary will be a member of the Public Safety Committee,
and the Veterans Affairs Committee. For the first time, Jeneary will also serve on the Human Resources Committee, which oversees medical-related issues, including medicaid. Jeneary admits that will be an interesting, but challenging committee.